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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Thousands enjoy Cumbrian music festival

Thousands of people were taken on a trip back through time at the first Decades Festival in Workington at the weekend.

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Pals at the Decades Festival in Workington

The three-day music feast saw acts including Toyah Wilcox, The Quireboys and David Van Day wow the crowds on a baking hot weekend.

The atmosphere was electric around the town centre pubs where the festival was based.

Toyah Wilcox was perhaps the most anticipated artist in the build-up to the festival and she didn’t disappoint.

The 1980s punk princess played to a bumper crowd at Club Ice on Saturday night.

The audience reacted wildly to her energetic stage presence, her flamboyant metal-studded dress and brightly-coloured headwear.

But the biggest buzz around the town was reserved for rock band The Quireboys, who played on both Friday and Saturday nights at the Vine Bar.

They were only scheduled to play on the Friday, but a last-minute hand injury to the drummer of Blink 182, saw The Quireboys come to the rescue, filling in for them on the Saturday.

Word of their superb performance on Friday quickly spread around town and their second unscheduled gig at the Vine Bar on Saturday was packed to capacity.

Guitarist Paul Guerin said: “It was terrific. We will definitely be coming back again.”

Adam Edmonson, 19, of Hunters Drive, Seaton, said: “The Quireboys were awesome and so was the atmosphere.”

David Van Day was the headline act on the Friday night at Club Ice, performing cover hits from the 1960s to the 1990s with his wife Sue Moxley.

The size of the crowd was disappointing but Van Day and Moxley put on a fun-spirited and lively show for those who turned up – Moxley even started a conga line on the dance floor.

Bands were playing from 2pm until late on Saturday and Sunday, which meant that some of the acts playing early in the day didn’t get a great turnout because people were out enjoying the weather.

At 8.30pm on Saturday, The Glamned attracted a massive crowd at Chasers, with their colourful wigs, leggings, leather boots and lively 1970s glam rock hits.

On Sunday, New Amen Corner played their 1960s hits to a big audience in the beer garden at The Well, while the headline act at Club Ice, Ed Tudorpole, gave an eccentric and at times humorous performance on his 30-year-old acoustic guitar.

He was followed by the Sex Pistols Experience, who made many in the audience feel like they were watching the original band.

The general feeling around the town was that this festival was a long time coming for Workington, with neighbouring towns Cockermouth and Maryport having their own music festivals each year.

Mike Williamson, 50, of Elterwater Avenue, Workington, said: “I hope they do the festival every year, it’s a good thing for the town.”

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